Silent Film & Live Music
Silent Film & Live Music: Early Japanese Animation
A selection of rarely screened early Japanese animation, showing some of the very first anime films, will be accompanied by electro-acoustic music on our biggest screen, with Benshi narration.
The Fall of the House of Usher
An impressionistic adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s Gothic tale of obsession and madness. With live performance from Stephen Horne (piano, flute, accordion) and Elizabeth-Jane Baldry (harp).
Britain on the Move + live accompaniment
A selection of British Transport Films, featuring fascinating footage of 1950s Britain, is accompanied by hybrid electronic and orchestral music.
Silent Film & Live Music: The Earth Asleep
As the earth sleeps, past and present merge in this live rhythmic montage.
Andy Warhol's Screen Tests Reel #10 + live music by Leif
Ten of Andy Warhol’s short black-and-white film portraits, with a new live soundtrack created and performed by Leif.
The Slapstick Home + live accompaniment by Guildhall School
This programme presents a trio of superlative American slapstick comedies of the 1910s and 20s all revolving around the home.
Alraune + live music
In this fable about the dangers of genetic engineering, a test-tube baby grows up to become a dangerous vamp
White Paradise (15*) + live musical accompaniment
The UK premiere of a restored box office hit from 1924 starring Anny Ondra and Karel Lamač in the role of naïve orphan Nina and escaped convict Ivan.
Silent Film and Live Music: He Who Gets Slapped (12A*)
One of the strangest, most twisted films of the silent era, this is the story of a man who relives the greatest humiliation of his life, day after day, in front of a paying public.
Silent Film and Live Music: The General (U) + live music
Regarded by many as Buster Keaton’s greatest achievement, and reportedly his own personal favourite, The General is equal parts comedy and action-adventure.
Barbican Cinema 1
Barbican Cinema 1 is located within the main Barbican building on Level -2. Head to Level G and walk towards the Lakeside Terrace where you’ll find stairs and lifts to take you down to the venue floor.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Level access from the Pit floor foyer only to the two boxes (see Mobility below). All other seats lead off stepped aisles.
Two boxes at the rear of the auditorium each have space for one wheelchair user and a companion. Please book early and ask for these seats.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the cinema – please tell us when booking, to ensure your seat has enough space. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the foyer staff during the performance.
There is an induction loop in the auditorium. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.
For more access information, please visit our Accessibility section.